2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'This is the day to shape the political future of South Africa'

Its all systems go as over 20 000 voting stations across the country officially opened on Wednesday morning.

Read: Last chance for ANC, EFF to woo voters

To discuss the voting processes, 702's Bongani Bingwa speaks to Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s chief electoral commission Sy Mamabolo.

We are very happy that we have been able to open stations. Overall we are happy people have been processed. There are long queues, but that is fine because we need people to come.

Sy Mamabolo, Chief electoral officer - IEC

This is their day, this is when they ought to come to shape the political future of the country by the choices they make, so from our vantage point we are happy.

Sy Mamabolo, Chief electoral officer - IEC

Mamabolo reiterates that there are sufficient ballot papers at all polling stations.

If scanners are not available, voting must still happen as the authoritative and legal requirement is the voters roll.

Sy Mamabolo, Chief electoral officer - IEC

He says people can call the contact centre if they have any queries about which polling station they should use to vote.

The number is 0800 11 8000 or people can interact with us on our social media platforms.

Sy Mamabolo, Chief electoral officer - IEC

The issue of party tables outside polling stations - parties are entitled to be there, however, a voter does not need to go to that table, they can go directly to the voting station.

Sy Mamabolo, Chief electoral officer - IEC

Mamabolo urges political parties not to coerce voters to visit their party tables if people don't want to.

Listen below to the full interview:


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